If you are preparing to bring your baby home, you must be wondering what he or she really needs in the first weeks”? Well, to simply answer that question: not much? However, there are still a couple of essentials you should pay attention to.
The biggest mistake young parents make is spending money on items they don’t actually use. A lot of them go through online checklists and buy the first thing that goes to their mind. However, it’s completely alright to stick to the basics because your baby won’t notice a difference. For example, a designer backpack diaper bag is one of the things you should consider.
Now, let’s what other items you need as well.
All parents want new beautiful clothing for their little ones, however, believe us, you don’t need anything fancy in those first weeks. Instead of expensive clothes, go for plain, simple, and budget-friendly clothing since your newborn will outgrow them at lighting speed.
Keep in mind that they tend to get messy as well, so you will go through numerous outfit changes during the day. Also, many doctors recommend that babies shouldn’t sleep with blankets, so having a couple of baby sleep sacks or sleepers is a must.
This is an obvious newborn basic, yet selecting the right type of diaper might be a bit challenging and stressful experience. If you can’t decide between disposable and cloth diapers, make sure to remember that at the end of the day, they both have pros and cons. Therefore, you should choose the one that matches your family lifestyle.
On average, newborns go through ten diapers a day, so you should have plenty of them on hand. Additionally, they will outgrow them in a matter of weeks for that matter don’t store too much.
Until your newborn’s umbilical cord falls off, which is within the first week or two, doctors advise that you give your baby a sponge bath every night. After this period ends, you don’t need to bathe your little one daily, and three times a week will be enough.
However, it’s crucial to use items that don’t irritate his or her skin. These days, you can find a lot of products specially designed for babies, which have a balanced and mild texture, but still clean well.
First of all, you don’t need to stock your bathroom cabinets with tons of baby grooming tools or a professional first aid kit. Since your young one’s nails grow fast, you will require small scissors or a nail clipper. Also, make sure to have a thermometer, to be able to check his or her temperature at any moment, and tool to clean their nose.
Whatever type of bed you select, cradle, crib, co-sleeper, or bassinet, American pediatricians recommend that your little one sleeps in the same room with you, within the first year.
Moreover, pillows, blankets, soft toys, and bumpers are no longer recommended, and you should keep them away from your baby’s bed.